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Plans for Coastal Christian move ahead

County supervisors gave tentative approval Tuesday to a proposal that will allow a private school to move toward construction of a permanent campus — a plan that school supporters have wanted to implement for several decades.

The board voted 4-0 to move ahead with a change in land-use law that would let Coastal Christian School use an on-site well for its water supply. The property is just outside the Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande city limits.

County supervisors will take a final vote on the item Dec. 14.

School officials hope to eventually build a campus that could serve up to 600 kindergarten through 12th-grade students on 28 acres it owns at 705 N. Oak Park Blvd., between James Way and Noyes Road and a half-mile from Highway 101.

“We’re looking forward to moving ahead,” project architect John Mack told supervisors, noting that the land-use amendment was one caveat the school had to overcome to continue with its proposal.

The school project was once part of the Los Robles del Mar development, which in 2008 was stalled because of concerns that an underground aquifer would not supply enough water for it and other future uses.

Its approval would have allowed Pismo Beach to consider plans for the school, 60 senior-citizen homes and 252 single-family homes on land north of the city limits.

Coastal Christian School officials have also started the process toward getting approval of the new 90,000-square-foot campus, which would be built in phases over 10 years at an estimated cost of $28.8 million, board member and project manager Mitch Dubbers told The Tribune last week.

The first phase is estimated at about $6.8 million and includes four buildings totaling 25,000 square feet that could serve about 200 students, he said.

Coastal Christian, a nondenominational school, is temporarily housed at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church on Farroll Avenue in Arroyo Grande. It serves about 175 students.

Reach Cynthia Lambert at 781-7929. Stay updated by following @SouthCountyBeat on Twitter.

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